3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, 1 when Pontius Pilate 2 was governor of Judea, and Herod 3 was tetrarch 4 of Galilee, and his brother Philip 5 was tetrarch of the region of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias 6 was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood 7 of Annas and Caiaphas, the word 8 of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 9 3 He 10 went into all the region around the Jordan River, 11 preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 12
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
“The voice 13 of one shouting in the wilderness: 14
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make 15 his paths straight.
5 Every valley will be filled, 16
and every mountain and hill will be brought low,
and the crooked will be made straight,
and the rough ways will be made smooth,
6 and all humanity 17 will see the salvation of God.’” 18
7 So John 19 said to the crowds 20 that came out to be baptized by him, “You offspring of vipers! 21 Who warned you to flee 22 from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce 23 fruit 24 that proves your repentance, and don’t begin to say 25 to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ 26 For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 27 9 Even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees, 28 and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be 29 cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 So 30 the crowds were asking 31 him, “What then should we do?” 11 John 32 answered them, 33 “The person who has two tunics 34 must share with the person who has none, and the person who has food must do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors 35 also came to be baptized, and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He told them, “Collect no more 36 than you are required to.” 37 14 Then some soldiers 38 also asked him, “And as for us – what should we do?” 39 He told them, “Take money from no one by violence 40 or by false accusation, 41 and be content with your pay.”
15 While the people were filled with anticipation 42 and they all wondered 43 whether perhaps John 44 could be the Christ, 45 16 John answered them all, 46 “I baptize you with water, 47 but one more powerful than I am is coming – I am not worthy 48 to untie the strap 49 of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 50 17 His winnowing fork 51 is in his hand to clean out his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his storehouse, 52 but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 53
18 And in this way, 54 with many other exhortations, John 55 proclaimed good news to the people. 19 But when John rebuked Herod 56 the tetrarch 57 because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, 58 and because of all the evil deeds 59 that he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked up John in prison.
21 Now when 60 all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. And while he was praying, 61 the heavens 62 opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. 63 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; 64 in you I take great delight.” 65
23 So 66 Jesus, when he began his ministry, 67 was about thirty years old. He was 68 the son (as was supposed) 69 of Joseph, the son 70 of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, 71 the son of Shealtiel, 72 the son of Neri, 73 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, 74 the son of David, 75 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, 76 the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, 77 the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, 78 the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, 79 the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, 80 the son of Kenan, 81 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. 82
4 Then 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River 2 and was led by the Spirit 3 in 4 the wilderness, 5 2 where for forty days he endured temptations 6 from the devil. He 7 ate nothing 8 during those days, and when they were completed, 9 he was famished. 3 The devil said to him, “If 10 you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 11 4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man 12 does not live by bread alone.’” 13
5 Then 14 the devil 15 led him up 16 to a high place 17 and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he 18 said to him, “To you 19 I will grant this whole realm 20 – and the glory that goes along with it, 21 for it has been relinquished 22 to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. 7 So then, if 23 you will worship 24 me, all this will be 25 yours.” 8 Jesus 26 answered him, 27 “It is written, ‘You are to worship 28 the Lord 29 your God and serve only him.’” 30
9 Then 31 the devil 32 brought him to Jerusalem, 33 had him stand 34 on the highest point of the temple, 35 and said to him, “If 36 you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 37 11 and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 38 12 Jesus 39 answered him, 40 “It is said, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” 41 13 So 42 when the devil 43 had completed every temptation, he departed from him until a more opportune time. 44
14 Then 45 Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 46 returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 47 throughout the surrounding countryside. 48 15 He 49 began to teach 50 in their synagogues 51 and was praised 52 by all.
16 Now 53 Jesus 54 came to Nazareth, 55 where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 56 on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 57 He 58 stood up to read, 59 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 60 unrolled 61 the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed 62 me to proclaim good news 63 to the poor. 64
He has sent me 65 to proclaim release 66 to the captives
and the regaining of sight 67 to the blind,
to set free 68 those who are oppressed, 69
19 to proclaim the year 70 of the Lord’s favor.” 71
20 Then 72 he rolled up 73 the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on 74 him. 21 Then 75 he began to tell them, “Today 76 this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 77 22 All 78 were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They 79 said, “Isn’t this 80 Joseph’s son?” 23 Jesus 81 said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ 82 and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, 83 do here in your hometown too.’” 24 And he added, 84 “I tell you the truth, 85 no prophet is acceptable 86 in his hometown. 25 But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, 87 when the sky 88 was shut up three and a half years, and 89 there was a great famine over all the land. 26 Yet 90 Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 91 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, 92 yet 93 none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 94 28 When they heard this, all the people 95 in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, forced 96 him out of the town, 97 and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that 98 they could throw him down the cliff. 99 30 But he passed through the crowd 100 and went on his way. 101
31 So 102 he went down to Capernaum, 103 a town 104 in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people. 105 32 They 106 were amazed 107 at his teaching, because he spoke 108 with authority. 109
33 Now 110 in the synagogue 111 there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean 112 demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! Leave us alone, 113 Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 114 of God.” 35 But 115 Jesus rebuked him: 116 “Silence! Come out of him!” 117 Then, after the demon threw the man 118 down in their midst, he came out of him without hurting him. 119 36 They 120 were all amazed and began to say 121 to one another, “What’s happening here? 122 For with authority and power 123 he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 So 124 the news 125 about him spread into all areas of the region. 126
38 After Jesus left 127 the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus 128 to help her. 129 39 So 130 he stood over her, commanded 131 the fever, and it left her. Immediately 132 she got up and began to serve 133 them.
40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives 134 sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. 135 He placed 136 his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 Demons also came out 137 of many, crying out, 138 “You are the Son of God!” 139 But he rebuked 140 them, and would not allow them to speak, 141 because they knew that he was the Christ. 142
42 The next morning 143 Jesus 144 departed and went to a deserted place. Yet 145 the crowds were seeking him, and they came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But Jesus 146 said to them, “I must 147 proclaim the good news of the kingdom 148 of God to the other towns 149 too, for that is what I was sent 150 to do.” 151 44 So 152 he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 153
5 Now 1 Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and the crowd was pressing around him 3 to hear the word of God. 2 He 4 saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into 5 one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 6 Jesus 7 sat down 8 and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 9 your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon 10 answered, 11 “Master, 12 we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 13 I will lower 14 the nets.” 6 When 15 they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 16 7 So 17 they motioned 18 to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. 19 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 20 for I am a sinful man!” 21 9 For 22 Peter 23 and all who were with him were astonished 24 at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. 25 Then 26 Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 27 you will be catching people.” 28 11 So 29 when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 30 him.
12 While 31 Jesus 32 was in one of the towns, 33 a man came 34 to him who was covered with 35 leprosy. 36 When 37 he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 38 and begged him, 39 “Lord, if 40 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 So 41 he stretched out his hand and touched 42 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Then 43 he ordered the man 44 to tell no one, 45 but commanded him, 46 “Go 47 and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 48 for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 49 as a testimony to them.” 50 15 But the news about him spread even more, 51 and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 52 and to be healed of their illnesses. 16 Yet Jesus himself 53 frequently withdrew 54 to the wilderness 55 and prayed.
17 Now on 56 one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 57 and teachers of the law 58 sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 59 and the power of the Lord was with him 60 to heal. 18 Just then 61 some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 62 on a stretcher. 63 They 64 were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 65 19 But 66 since they found 67 no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 68 and let him down on the stretcher 69 through the roof tiles 70 right 71 in front of Jesus. 72 20 When 73 Jesus 74 saw their 75 faith he said, “Friend, 76 your sins are forgiven.” 77 21 Then 78 the experts in the law 79 and the Pharisees began to think 80 to themselves, 81 “Who is this man 82 who is uttering blasphemies? 83 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived 84 their hostile thoughts, 85 he said to them, 86 “Why are you raising objections 87 within yourselves? 23 Which is easier, 88 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 But so that you may know 89 that the Son of Man 90 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man 91 – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 92 and go home.” 93 25 Immediately 94 he stood up before them, picked 95 up the stretcher 96 he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 97 God. 26 Then 98 astonishment 99 seized them all, and they glorified 100 God. They were filled with awe, 101 saying, “We have seen incredible 102 things 103 today.” 104
27 After 105 this, Jesus 106 went out and saw a tax collector 107 named Levi 108 sitting at the tax booth. 109 “Follow me,” 110 he said to him. 28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 111 behind. 112
29 Then 113 Levi gave a great banquet 114 in his house for Jesus, 115 and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 116 at the table with them. 30 But 117 the Pharisees 118 and their experts in the law 119 complained 120 to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 121 31 Jesus 122 answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 123 32 I have not come 124 to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 125
33 Then 126 they said to him, “John’s 127 disciples frequently fast 128 and pray, 129 and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 130 but yours continue to eat and drink.” 131 34 So 132 Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 133 fast while the bridegroom 134 is with them, can you? 135 35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 136 at that time 137 they will fast.” 36 He also told them a parable: 138 “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 139 it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 140 the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 141 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 142 If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 143 39 144 No 145 one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” 146